The prime minister of Barbados (her party, the BLP had a clean sweep in the General Election last year) has this week delivered a very strong speech saying her government is going to abolish the Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination. We hold on to a system introduced by the English in the 1940's and it has got to go, she said. It is totally wrong to write off the majority of our children at 11 years old. She is appointing a minister to oversee the process of change. Can anyone give any advice?!! BTW, corporal punishment is up for abolition as well. She thinks zoning will be used, all state secondary schools will ultimately be seen to be as good as each other. Private schools, I guess, will continue to flourish.